Popular among Capetonians is well-established restaurant Societi Bistro. Known for balmy summer evenings spent under their fairy lit trees and cosy winter nights seated at their atmospheric log fires – they have something to offer all year round. What interests us more than their interior is their simple bistro-style menu that changes as the seasons do. After a busy  and successful weekend at the Taste of Cape Town, we chatted to head chef Stefen Marais about their new autumn menu.

With the idea of simple sophistication, Stefen aims to take the pretentious stigma away from French cuisine by offering a menu that appeals to all. The autumn menu consists of hearty, comforting food. Originating from French-based dishes using butter and cream, the indulgently rich ingredients will warm the coldest, wintery nights. The menu is small, keeping ingredients fresh, but do not think that will make choosing any easier. The menu has a variety to suit vegetarians and meat lovers alike. (Even a vegan curry!)

Oysters, Lacquered Pork Belly and Pasta

Marais gave us his top starter, pasta and main to help any indecisive mind.

For his starter he chose the Ox Tongue served with Dauphine potatoes in parsley and caper cream.

For pasta/risotto he chose the Pancetta Risotto with apple and Grana Padano.

For main course: Venison Bourguignon. Served on buttered mash with a sauce of bacon lardons, pearl onions, mushroom and red wine.

The Ox Tongue, Risotto and Venison

And if you can fit something sweet in after all of that then there are a number of choices to choose from. Our personal favourite is the Chocolate Nemesis – so deliciously indulgent it’s perfect for any true chocolate lover. Other options include creme brûlée, cheesecake, sorbet and lemon tart.

Images courtesy of: Zarah Cassim & Societi Bistro.

Societi Bistro are situated on Orange Street in the heart of Cape Town.

Posted by Zarah Cassim & Kat Scriven